A photo of the snow-covered Earth is among the images captured recently by a Michigan high school robotics team balloon.
The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1lVJBYt ) that the Grandville RoboDawgs' balloon launched Dec. 28 and reached an altitude of about 130,000 feet, or 25 miles. It traveled for seven hours before landing 450 miles away about 55 miles southeast of Buffalo. The team in June sent up a balloon that hit 100,000 feet.
The team was coached by Mike Evele and Doug Hepfer. The balloon carried a GPS tracker and two cameras. One camera snapped a picture every two seconds and the other took photos every five seconds. Almost 11,000 photos were taken. The GPS tracked its flight near Lansing, then to Canada and across Lake Erie.